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Chesta Hedron (Aus) - Salad Boys


Thu 1 Sep 2016, 9:30pm–1:00am

Where: Darkroom, 336 St Asaph Street, Christchurch

Restrictions: R18

Listed by: marcuswinstanley

Chesta Hedron draw upon influences from psychedelia, krautrock, '70s Arabian fuzzy pop, Carl Sagan, and tales of vanished civilizations, to form their own energetic and sonic dimension.

Emerging from Byron Bay, Australia, Chesta Hedron is a 2-piece instrumental collaboration between drummer Eli Kalaitzides and ex-Wellington guitarist Matthew Armitage.

The band’s first EP, Infinite Nought was released on the 20th April 2016 and features an array of heavy riffs, dark drones and colourful ebbs and flows.

Having performed their psychedelic jams consistently over the last 2 years between Northern New South Wales and Queensland, Chesta Hedron bring their expressive sonic ritual to New Zealand for a series of shows.

Salad Boys:
The Salad Boys perform a wondrous assault: a charged up blitz of clanging guitars, intoxicating drones, head-down acid repetition and an abundance of dazzling pop hooks - birthed in the band's living room rehearsal space, & perfected in a live setting. Their reputation has scored the group a wealth of engagements up and down New Zealand including slots at the Camp a Low Hum and Chronophonium festivals, gigs with Sebadoh, The Bats, & Parquet Courts as well as a highly honorable spot performing as backing band for David Kilgour of legendary New Zealand group The Clean.

The band prefers things on a smaller scale, however - finding joy & inspiration playing DIY spaces & house parties. That spirit combined with the band's dizzying live intensity bring an underlying urgency to both the rocking & mellow tunes on Metalmania.

Despite its tongue-in-cheek title, The Salad Boys' debut album Metalmania is an instantly catchy & diverse set of (non-metal) pop tunes. The warm jangle of album opener "Here's No Use" greets the listener with open arms; a familiar acoustic strum that leads into an inviting melody & poetic, yearning lyrics.

Conversely, the guitars of "Dream Date" supercharge the eardrums with a jolt of adrenaline, motoring thru a triumphant toe-tapper. Side B opener "No-Taste Bomber" is an instant jam, rocketing forward with a concise 12-string jangle that explodes into an epic, paisley-tinted guitar maelstrom of a rocker, driving & droning the jam skyward. Metalmania is a careful but curious balance of well-informed pop melodies, hypnotizing rhythms and heady instrumentation with surprising & inventive melodic twists peppering the album's ten songs.

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